The Coast Guard and Newport Fire-Rescue have responded to search for a reported missing man who was out earlier with his girlfriend. She told authorities that he wandered off and didn’t return. After 50 minutes she called the Coast Guard. This would be the second search and rescue operation for them on Sunday. Earlier in the day the Coast Guard rescued a man who misjudged the tides and wound up being stranded on a rock near the lighthouse. A Coast Guard helo plucked him off the rock and flew him to PCH in Newport to be checked out.
Then, Sunday evening, another search has activated for another male who was out on Yaquina Head with his girlfriend, when he decided to go for a walk. Nearly an hour later he hadn’t returned. The girlfriend got on the phone to the Coast Guard who may be launching a helicopter with a big spotlight on it to see if the male has fallen or has gotten stranded by the tides.
The male was eventually spotted among some trees 50 to 60 feet above the water near NW 55th and Pinery. Fire-Rescue is mobilized to get him back up on higher ground. He saw their search light and began waving his arms and a piece of clothing to get their attention. Rescue team assembling.
Newport Fire-Rescue team is only about 50 feet away from the man who apparently spent some time in the ocean. He’s very cold. Likely hypothermic. Rescue operations are just off NW 55th and Pinery. There is a treacherous gully between them and the stranded victim. Rescuers say the man is suffering from the cold, being soaked head to toe and exposure. He needs to be transported directly to the hospital.
The rescue team is bringing the man up the gully to the top of the ridge, into a very pricey neighborhood where an ambulance awaits him for a trip to Pacific Communities Hospital.
Rescuers have the man just about up the cliff. Firefighter on top asked the team if they need anything. One firefighter – nearly breathless said – “Get us an escalator…” “We’ll order you one,” came the reply over the radio.
The rescued male is back on the pavement and is being loaded aboard an ambulance for a quick trip to PCH. The rescue team will likely sleep very well tonight.